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15 May 2013

Sharara Re-elected as ITTF President

Adham Sharara at the 2013 ITTF Annual General Meeting in Paris, France. Photo by Remy Gros.

Mr. Adham SHARARA (CAN) has been elected as the International Table Tennis President today at the 2013 ITTF Annual General Meeting in Paris, France.

He overcame the challenge from European Table Tennis Union President Mr. Stefano BOSI (ITA) and will add 4 more years to the 14 that he has already served in ITTF's top job.

Mr. Adham Sharara stated: "I am extremly plesed that as expected, the delegates of the AGM understood the importance of my work and understood very clearly our future plans. The overwhelming support for my team and myself gives us extra motivatiion to try as hard as possible to make sure table tennis is in the top 5 sports in the world."

The ITTF Executive Committee serving under Mr Sharara will be: Shi Zhihao (CHN), Masahiro Maehara (JPN), Khalil Al-Mohannadi (QAT), Cherif Hajem (TUN), Petra Sorling (SWE), Thomas Weikert (GER), Patrick Gillmann (NCL) and Melecio Eduardo Rivera (SAL).

The race for the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships took a twist, as the AGM approved the proposal for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to host the 2016 edition and 2018 to be held in Halmstad, Sweden due to the high quality of both bids.

In other business at the 2013 AGM, 3 members of the Chinese Table Tennis team that was recently nominated for a Laureaus sport award, Ma Long, Li Xiaoxia and Zhang Zike were inducted into the ITTF Hall of Fame.

Bonaire were also confirmed as the 218th Table Tennis National association, which leaves table tennis just 2 associations short of Volleyball, who currently has the most national federations of any sport.

Further quotes from Mr. Adham Sharara will be available on after the ITTF President's Press Conference to be held in Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy tonight.

For more information and high resolution photos, please contact ITTF's Promotion Manager Matt Pound at or call: 33 623 91 21 29.

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